Caffeine and Coffee
February 13, 2015
Drinking a cup of coffee and then taking a quick nap sounds like a crazy idea but it’s not. It's called a coffee nap, and scientists agree you will feel better with a little coffee before your nap and be better rested. We won’t bore you with the details here (but you can read them over at Vox), but essentially the caffeine in coffee will try and get itself into the same receptors that help with deep sleep making your nap even more restful.
Here’s how you do a coffee nap:
- First, drink coffee. You need to drink it quickly.
- Right after you're finished, immediately try to go to sleep. Even if it’s not deep just reaching a tranquil half-asleep stage can be helpful.
- Finally, make sure to wake up within 20 minutes, so you don't enter the deeper stages of sleep, and you're awake when the caffeine is just starting to hit your brain.
May 2, 2014
For those of us that love a little cream and sugar we might want to consider not making our coffee with non-dairy creamer. Gizmodo has done a little research and found chemicals and yucky stuff galore. The chemicals, oils, sugars and milk products - yes you read that right - MILK PRODUCTS in NON-DAIRY creamer is alarming. Check out the full list below and also remember Coconut and Almond milk are great alternatives along with Rice and Soy milk.
Here are some of the ingredients in Non-Dairy Creamer...
- Corn Syrup
- Dipotassium Phosphate
- Mono- and Diglycerides
- Natural Flavors
- Palm Oil
- Sodium Caseinate
- Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate
Full read over at Gizmodo
April 18, 2014
CUPS is an app for IOS and Android that allows you to pay for coffee at independent coffee shops. CUPS allows you to subscribe and get discounted or even unlimited coffee from independent coffee shops for a discounted price. Right now in the US it’s only available in New York where you can pay a per month or discount rate at many coffee shops.
Is it a deal? A participating shop needs to be convenient to your home, work, or some point in between, and one drawback is a participating shop can withdraw from CUPS at any time. Still paying and saving 20-30% off the price of your coffee or even getting unlimited coffee for $45 to $85 bucks a month might work out in the long run.
We like the idea and would love to know if you’re using CUPS in NYC. We’ll be visiting NYC next week and will try and check it out.
Via Consumerist at CUPS
April 17, 2014
Can a coffee machine connect 2 strangers? After a year in the making, you can watch the Coffee Connector - an interactive coffee maker requiring two people to function. The Coffee Connector debuted at a conference at the Time Warner Center in New York. If you’re looking for what people thought of the Coffee Connector - check out #sgcoffeeconnect. Video is after the jump, and sure it’s a promotion piece but we really love an interactive coffee contraption every time.
Continue reading: "Two Strangers Can Connect Over Coffee"
April 4, 2014
Over at Quartz there’s a pretty interesting article on coffee drinking visualized above. The US doesn’t even crack the top 15 in cups per day for coffee drinking and that means we need to get cracking. If you look at the chart below - we’re not even cracking a cup per day average. What??? We would have though we were in the 2.5 cup range, but given our kids are not drinking it in a bottle (come on Netherlands - what’s going on???), we’re just not getting enough coffee in our bodies every day to break a cup a day average.
We can only hope that we break the top ten soon, and we think given the amount of single serve options perhaps we will. We’re pretty sure SH will be gloating about Canada’s over 1 cup per day average. Maybe it’s time we move to Canada...
April 3, 2014
More evidence of the effect of caffeine delivered via espresso shots has been found in a recent study led by Michael Yassa from the University of California, Irvine. Yassa sought to establish the effects of small quantities of caffeine on memory function in adults, and gave participants caffeine pills equivalent to two shots of espresso. The results from making participants view different pictures and recall similar images was better in those who had the caffeine.
Yassa concluded that caffeine enhances long-term memory by improving the process of memory consolidation, but caffeine doesn't help memory retrieval. Yassa did a second experiment, where caffeine was consumed just one hours before the test, and it provided no positive effect. Yassa also tried using less caffeine and the results were less pronounced—so two espressos is the real sweet spot.
We’re off to get our second shot of espresso right now, and we’re pretty sure we’ll be able to recall the different blends of similar K-Cups over the next few hours.
April 2, 2014
UP Coffee by Jawbone helps you understand and track how caffeine affects your ability to sleep. You can pair with UP by Jawbone to find out if that afternoon cup of coffee is going to push your time to bed by an hour, and if you don't have an UP band you can input your caffeine into the app on your iPhone and get the same info.
UP Coffee can also track soft drinks and other forms of caffeine intake besides just coffee allowing to know how buzzed you are. UP Coffee knows when you're WIRED and how long it will take you to become SLEEP READY.
Here's a few more things UP Coffee does:
- CAFFEINE PERSONA - Unlock a series of experiments that reveal how your body reacts to caffeine. Log for 3 days to see how you compare with other drinkers, for 7 days to reveal your Caffeine Persona. Knowledge is power, so get buzzed.
- HOW YOU SLEEP - UP Coffee analyzes your caffeine consumption and your sleep patterns as tracked by UP. Discover relationships between how much and when you drink, your bedtime, sleep duration and nighttime awakenings.
- GUIDED CHANGE - A little experimentation goes a long way. UP Coffee guides you through personalized, data-driven behavior change. Multi-day experiments reveal small changes that can make big differences in how you live--day and night.
March 28, 2014
Over at FlowingData.com there’s some high res versions of the map above that shows where various coffee houses like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts are located and concentrated in the US. I have to say my expectation was that Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts would dominate, with 10,000-plus and 7,000-plus locations nationwide, but the fact that Tim Hortons and other chains have a rich concentration was surprising.
Starbucks is all over, but Dunkin' Donuts clearly dominates on the east coast. Flowing Data also has a pretty amazing pizza map to give you some perspective on how many more pizza joints there are compared to coffee.
March 7, 2014
Drinking just 350mg of coffee can have a big effect on performance. The group of Triathletes and runners in just about every test published always are a bit faster than those not getting caffeinated on some coffee. Each morning we run and ride we always pre-load with a cup of single serve coffee and we can feel the difference.
Here’s 8 reasons why you should boost your performance with a little caffeine.
- Boost Antioxidants
- Improve Mood
- Lower Heart-Disease Risk
- Dodge Diabetes
- Enhance Brain Function
- Protect Your Liver
- Relieve Stress
Check out all the details of each of the eight reasons above at Runner's World.
January 28, 2014
The AWAKE Milk Chocolate Bar is a delicious caffeinated milk chocolate bar that might just replace a cup of coffee in your day. The caffeine content is comparable to a cup of coffee, and the bar is breakable into 4 segments.
We love a good chocolate bar, and think if you’re looking for a way to double your caffeine in the afternoon, perhaps having a piece of chocolate and some coffee might do the trick. How much caffeine do you need to pick you up? Considering you can get up to 500 milligrams a day before things start to go south, then having little chocolate and coffee is a good thing. Just don’t triple it up with an espresso if you don’t want to go over your daily limit.
January 7, 2014
Season 3 has just started of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee by Jerry Seinfeld and it’s already off to an amazing start. So far Patton Oswald and Louis C.K. have episodes and we’re excited to see what other comedians are in this season. If you never watched an episode Seasons 1 and 2 are available to view on the site as well, and we highly recommend you check out the Larry David episode from season 1.
December 30, 2013
Let’s start the after holiday festives with a lead up to the New Year celebration that’s on tap for this week. Everyone loves a little coffee in their beer and AB received some Big Shot Espresso Stout as a gift.
From AB: I received this as a Christmas present from my daughter. As a stout beer, it was good. All the flavor you would expect from a good quality stout. As a coffee flavored beer it left a lot to be desired. When you first take a drink, you are hit by the bitterness you would expect from a stout beer. Then you get this syrupy coffee after taste that was a bit on the sweet side. It was like drinking a beer and taking a shot of coffee syrup.
Big Shot Espresso Stout is Twisted Pine’s Brewing most award-winning beer. With its mocha head and stallion-black body, this powerful pint has intense flavors of chocolate, roasted malts, and espresso. Big Shot is a delicious drink to sip with food. Cheeses like Gouda, Piave, Cheddar, Ricotta, and Gjetost.
December 6, 2013
Have you ever wondered - What's Your Coffee IQ? There’s a pretty entertaining quiz which is more informative making you answer questions over at Healthy Living. So if you’ve ever wondered how much per cup you’re paying (no the survey isn’t single serve coffee focused) this is the place for you.
Some highlights for us included:
- Whole bean and ground coffee will set you back .30 cents a cup versus about .50 cents for single serve coffee
- Can make you smarter? We know the answer - go find out.
So What's Your Coffee IQ?
December 4, 2013
Over at Lifehacker they’ve got a pretty cool article on how to Avoid Caffeine Before Interviews for Better Composure. This for us is a no brainer. If you don’t want to be jittery, sweating, and a general mess avoiding stimulants before anything stressful is probably a great idea. Also the big one - sweaty palms.
"Avoid drinking caffeine before an interview to help prevent the 'sweaty palm syndrome'. Caffeine is anxiety inducing and can make you seem too chatty. Lay off the coffee before you head in for an interview."
However if you’re going for a public relations job and want to seem chatty - then maybe getting hopped upon caffeine is a great idea. Probably not. Have you ever had too much caffeine and it caused you to be too stressed out or sweaty in a situation? We can remember several coffee tastings where we felt a bit overwhelmed and never really thought how much the caffeine was the culprit.
Before interviews it’s best to be well rested, and have a full belly of things non-caffeinated. We also recommend feeling prepared and ready for the interview by researching the person or company you’re talking with and make sure and do a little rehearsal about some topics that might come up. Be prepared and then after you’re done get a nice cup of coffee post interview to sit back and reflect with on how you might get that new job.